Photo in Schools

Students from St Veronica School
Students from St Veronica School

PPAC’s Photo in Schools program brings teaching artists and photographic equipment into Philadelphia middle schools to not only learn the technical and aesthetic skills required in photography, but each student will strengthen their visual literacy proficiency.

Visual literacy has been defined as the “ability to understand, interpret and evaluate visual messages.” As the age of engagement with visual communication (through social media) continues to decrease, it becomes even more vital for younger students to develop a strong understanding of how an image can be read. Students will learn to describe, analyze, and interpret photographs by deconstructing its visual language. Discussion of how the image is perceived through social media will provide an emphasis for understanding a photograph’s message and impact. Additionally, students will continue to strengthen their written and verbal skills by engaging with photography through writing prompts. In this program, students will develop the ability to intelligently read a visual image by improving their photography skills while improving their writing abilities.

If you would like to partner with us and bring photography into your school, please contact our Education Director, Josh Brilliant, at josh@philaphotoarts.org.